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  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017 9:57 AM | Brittany Davies (Administrator)

    On December 11, the WAA hosted a meeting with a mix of corporate and light general aviation pilots, and air traffic controllers, to maintain open the lines of communication at the airport. Leading the meeting were WAA Board Member Scott Dyer, Demisha Vega (ATC supervisor) and Wycliffe Walcott (ATC Controller).

    Although not scheduled yet, please watch the website for the next quarterly meeting date.

    Below are highlights taken from the meeting to recap some significant information:

    • PDC and CPDLC clearance delivery systems were reviewed, and how changes to routings are provided (e.g., via voice communications or through automated systems. KUSA is the new national logon for CPDLC.
    • An issue was raised about light single IFR routings to Nantucket, which are usually assigned the preferred route substantially overwater after the GON VOR (NEWBE and DEEPO fixes). Because of the many FAA facilities involved in such routings (NY Tracon, Providence Approach, Cape Approach, etc.), it is usually not possible to obtain an alternative routing that keeps aircraft closer to the shore if not over land, such as the usual Martha's Vineyard routing. While one can either try to negotiate a more favorable routing after departure when talking to Providence approach, or file IFR for Martha's Vineyard and then change the destination to KACK, we are working with HPN Tower to come up with a better, more appropriate way to obtain an alternative ACK routing. If you are a light piston single going to ACK and do not want to fly the GON NEWBE DEEPO routing, please file your routing of choice and add "NO DEEPO/OVERWATER" in the remarks section of the flight plan. You will likely have the NEWBE DEEPO route issued to you for the reasons stated above, and then your option is to proceed VFR if conditions permit or depart IFR and negotiate a more acceptable route in the air. When this happens, please provide Scott Dyer (scott.dyer@verizon.net) with your N number, the date and time of the flight, and information about what route you filed and how the flight routing was changed in the air. He will work with Tower personnel (Nancy Reilly) to develop a record of such flights that may be used to establish a demand for alternative routing.
    • Pilots voiced some criticism of delays in issuing takeoff clearances with jets on long final and/or VFR closed pattern traffic.. There was considerable discussion of spacing for landings and takeoffs, the large number of trainee controllers in the Tower who need to calibrate their judgment on what will work safely and what won't, the desire of Tower controllers to continue to allow all users as much access as is possible (including slow closed pattern traffic), the relative abilities and comfort of pilots to comply with requests for short approaches or immediate takeoff clearances, Tower staffing requirements that may prevent Line Up and Wait procedures from being used, etc. And, we heard from one pilot who commented that he felt that on occasion the Tower was asking him to maneuver into too tight a space between traffic for his comfort. The controllers emphasized that they respect pilots who decline such instructions and are happy to provide alternatives, all the pilot has to do is to say "unable". Controllers also invited pilots to offer to do short approaches if they wished, or "Figure 8"s using both runways for touch and goes (during quieter times).
    • The question of when VFR arrivals should be in contact with HPN Tower was raised, with pilots noting that NY Approach is often too busy to provide sequencing services or, when contacted within 10 miles of the airport, simply issues a transponder code and switches the aircraft to the Tower. The Tower controllers suggested that if you are not able to obtain service form NY when 15-20 miles out, feel free to contact the Tower directly when still 12-15 miles out. Further, if you are receiving radar services from NY and aren't switched to Tower frequency when coming up on the Class D boundary, you can ask Approach for a frequency change to Tower, Ident (a reminder to the controller), or say that you have the airport in sight. In any event, help the Tower out (and comply with the FARs) by not barging into the Class D because NY didn't provide a timely frequency change.
    • As always, the Tower at KHPN welcomes visitors. Visitors must have a passport and be a US Citizen. Call Mike Wold at 914-948-6520 if you would like to schedule a visit. Because of the cramped quarters, limit the group to about 5, and quieter times are more advantageous for learning as the controllers can spend more time talking to you.


  • Saturday, October 21, 2017 2:32 PM | Brittany Davies (Administrator)

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Office of Security Operations (OSO) Compliance Division, is updating the July 10, 2017 BOLO advisory notice based on continued attempts by this individual to access restricted areas and aircraft at multiple airports.

    TSA is aware of numerous incidents involving a suspicious person attempting to gain unauthorized access to aircraft and facilities at primarily Fixed Based Operators (FBOs). The individual identified as Ahmed Olasunkahmi SALAU, aka SALAN, SALUH, Martinez Davon WELLS has reportedly visited several FBOs falsely presenting himself as either a passenger, employee or crewmember with the intent to gain unauthorized access to aircraft and/or facilities. TSA is also aware that the same individual may have also telephonically contacted FBOs in an attempt to gather passenger and aircraft data.

    As a result, TSA is issuing this notice for your security awareness. Contact the TSOC at 877-456-8722 or 703-5633240 and local law enforcement if you suspect suspicious or fraudulent activity regarding this individual.

    UPDATE: Since the original notice issued on July 10, 2017, TSA is aware of several additional FBO/GA encounters by SALAU. The attachment lists various activities conducted by SALAU. Click here for the attachment. 


  • Saturday, October 21, 2017 1:53 PM | Brittany Davies (Administrator)

    On Monday, Oct. 23rd at 0700 local time the airport will commence the Rehabilitation of Tower Road project. This project will involve construction personnel using excavation equipment and vehicles. Please use extreme caution when traveling on Tower Road and expect the road to be open at all times with Flagman coordinating traffic during all construction activities. 

    For more information, click here for the full bulletin. 

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 3:44 PM | Brittany Davies (Administrator)

    On September 25th, Congressman Peter DeFazio wrote the following letter warning the public about being misled on the causes of flight delays and urging them to oppose H.R. 2997.

    Click here to view the full letter

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 1:15 PM | Brittany Davies (Administrator)

    Next year, there will be a significant  construction work project that will essentially shut down the airport for different extended periods.  This is something to keep an eye on and WAA will make sure to let everyone know more as the details become clear. 

    Click here for the powerpoint discussing the variety of phases that will take place. 

  • Thursday, September 21, 2017 3:01 PM | Brittany Davies (Administrator)

    Pilots planning to fly in the northern and central New Jersey area

    The Trump national golf course in Bedminster New Jersey has been designated an official presidential residence. When the president is in residence a presidential temporary flight restriction is in effect covering a region 30 miles around the golf course. 

    The TFR may be activated with less than 24 hours notice and covers most of the northern and central New Jersey airspace affecting 19 airports in New Jersey and Pennsylvania violating the TFR route but will result in you being intercepted by military aircraft before flying please check for any TSRs a note of us by calling flight service at one 800 WX brief check in for TFR is before any flight is a good idea. 

    Note: There have already been more than 20 intercepts of GA pilots by Coast Guard helicopters and Air Force fighter jets for violating the TFR. 


  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 2:48 PM | Brittany Davies (Administrator)

    Last night, the WAA hosted a meeting with approximately 30 pilots, airport operations, FAA personnel and controllers to maintain open the lines of communication at the airport. The conversation was flowing for topics ranging from runway incursions and safety, control instructions in the pattern, IFR routings and the changing nature of TFRs in the area.  Leading the meeting were WAA Board Member Scott Dyer, Mike Wold (HPN Air Traffic Manger), Vladimir Vallejo (Air Traffic Controller) and Ben Struck (FAA Safety Program Manger, FRG FSDO). 

    Although not scheduled yet, please watch the website for the next quarterly meeting date. 

    Below are highlights taken from the meeting to recap some significant information:

    ·   HPN tower continues to have many trainees among its staff.   

    • There are daily and sometimes more frequent changes to the TFRs in effect over and near HPN.  Pilots are urged to get the latest information immediately before flight commences.  The current UN General Assembly related TFR includes a cut out for HPN; other Presidential TFRs do not....don't assume there is a cut out for your departure from or arrival at HPN.  Often (but not always) having a VFR flight plan on file for the operation, but not activated, is sufficient, provided that you obtain any necessary transponder code BEFORE leaving the ground or arriving within the lateral boundaries of the TFR.  Often (but not always) having an IFR flight plan on file but not activated IS NOT sufficient, it must be active at the time of the operation within the TFR.  The expectation is that later in the Fall the VIP trips to Bedminster will diminish in number.
    • IFR routings for light general aviation aircraft leaving HPN, that would usually be routed over SAX and along V249 to the Southwest (e.g., routings to Trenton, Philadelphia, Lancaster, BWI, Dulles, etc.) are changed when the Bedminster TFR is in effect.  In that event, aircraft are being routed over JFK V16 DIXIE.  Routings thereafter may be along V276 RBV (for Trenton/Philadelphia area) or V1 CYN V16, or V1 LEEAH , depending on destinations.  Plan for different/sometimes longer routings when the Bedminster TFR is in effect. 
    • The Runway Safety Action Team ("RSAT") meeting, which is held annually, was held at our September meeting.  Traffic operations at HPN continue to grow at the rate of about 5% per year, with Calendar Year 2016 seeing 165,356 total airport operations; 169,448 Tower Operations (including overflights); 48,694 VFR itinerants (i.e., non-closed traffic); and 14,548 touch and goes.  These numbers are not including aircraft operations when the tower is closed.
      • There were 2 runway incursions since the last RSAT meeting in May 2016.  One involved a Cirrus SR22 that crossed runway 16 without a clearance.  The other involved a Cessna 421 that did not hold short of runway 11 at C taxiway
      • There were 29 events in which jet or turboprop aircraft were issued a go-around due to preceding traffic not having cleared the runway in timely fashion, at the rate of approximately 2 per month.  It is important for landing aircraft to clear the runway expeditiously, consistent with safety
      • Other runway issues involved flat tires resulting in the aircraft needing to be cleared from the runway, and aircraft excursions on the grass off runways
      • Tower suggests the following best practices for pilots:
    -Focus on readbacks to ensure proper understanding of ATC instructions/clearances.
    -Readback all runway hold short instructions, including the runway number.
    - Study the airport layout prior to arriving or taxiing.
    -Ask for clarifications if unsure of the clearance/instruction
    -See the whole picture, have good situational awareness of what is going on around your aircraft and the route that you will be taking.
    -Be alert to the locations of the FBO's with multiple locations:  Signature/Ross East/West.  Know which direction you'll be turning off the runway.
    • The Tower suggests the following best practices for its controllers:

    - Minimize the number of runway crossings when issuing taxi clearances
    - Issue taxi instructions slowly
    - Seek to have ATC be involved in the planning for airport construction projects
    -Coordinate with the airport operator for familiarization trips in airport vehicles
    - Use of tower cab simulator
    -Invite/encourage users to visit the Tower and interact with ATC personnel

    As always, the Tower at KHPN welcomes visitors.  Visitors must have a passport and be a US Citizen.  Call Mike Wold at 914-948-6520 if you would like to schedule a visit.  Because of the cramped quarters, limit the group to about 5

  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 1:16 PM | Brittany Davies (Administrator)

    Good Afternoon,

    Please be advised that effective immediately, HPN’s TSA approved escorting numbers are:

    One (1) escort per five (5) individuals

    -and-

    One (1) escort per five (5) vehicles at any time.

    Please ensure that all escorted personal are equipped with SIDA/AOA Visitor badge and all vehicles have a Class II permit.  There must be face-to-face transfer between escorts and no break in contact.

    Please share this information with your employees and tenants and feel free to call me with any questions.

    Best Regards,

    Laura Etre
    Airport Security Manager
    AvPORTS / Westchester County Airport
    240 Airport Road  Suite 202 / White Plains, NY 10604
    P: 914.995.2748 /Email: lega@westchestergov.com


  • Monday, July 03, 2017 2:24 PM | Brittany Davies (Administrator)

    On June 19th, the WAA hosted the Second Annual Safety Standdown for business and general aviation professionals. This year's theme was "The Future of Aviation Safety" and nationally renowned speakers addressed over 225 attendees at the Doral Arrowwood. A corporate operator focused day session garnered employees from various companies throughout the Northeast region who were able to interact with real time survey questions throughout the presentations utilizing the program Poll Everywhere.  All attendees also qualified for one NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) credit for attending.

    Morning speakers included NTSB Board member John Beatty, CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation; John Goglia, former NTSB board member; and Aaron Greenwald and Josh Olds, Unmanned Safety Institute.  Also, two panel discussions took place focusing on the future of aviation safety training and fatigue. Panelists included Dann Runik, Flight Safety Intl; Eli Cotti, NBAA; and Sheryl Barden, Aviation Personnel Intl. Furthermore, employees of WAA member companies also participated: Kelly Barfield, Tom Stewart, & Chris Duffek of JP Morgan Chase; Chris Keaney of IBM; Matt Mason of American Express, and Jim Wolley of PMI.

    Along with networking opportunities between various disciplines in an aviation department, attendees also joined in breakout sessions throughout the afternoon specifically tailored to their specialty. Sal Lagonia, WAA board member and owner of Lagonia Law, instructed pilots on how to navigate any situation when the FAA is calling. Food expert, John Detloff trained flight attendants on global food safety. Constant Aviation’s Kent Stauffer delivered a thought provoking discussion on human factors playing into the maintenance role. Finally, Dean Snell and John Kosak of NBAA addressed dispatchers and schedulers on working with the NY ATC and presented helpful weather resources.

    Furthermore, the evening session focused on the general aviation constituency of KHPN. With 60 attendees, members of the Westchester Flying Club, Civil Air Patrol, and other groups listened to the aforementioned Greenwald, Olds, and Kosak. Additionally joining in the presentations was WAA board member, Scott Dyer; Mike Wold, HPN Tower Chief; and Vladimir Vallejo, Front Line Manager of the HPN  Tower.  As one of the top GA events the WAA has hosted, WINGS - Pilot Proficiency credit was offered for all attendees. On hand was Ben Struck of the FAA, to further explain that the objective of the WINGS Program is to address the primary accident causal factors that continue to plague the general aviation community and delivered a short presentation on the “Human Startle Response and Managing Unexpected Events.”

    WAA Chairman Milt Hobbs commented, "We are proud to continue to bring this type of event to our membership and see it grow so much in just one year. I think it displays our unwavering support and commitment to aviation safety at Westchester County airport and our NE region. We hope all who attended were able to walk away learning something new, networking with a neighbor, and thinking differently about what safety means currently in their world and in the future."

    Additional information, pictures, and attendee comments will be posted shortly on the WAA website and social media outlets. The WAA would like to thank all of our volunteers and attendees who made this year's event so successful.

  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017 7:58 AM | Brittany Davies (Administrator)

    Last night, the WAA hosted a meeting with approximately 20 pilots, dispatchers and controllers to maintain open the lines of communication at the airport. The conversation was flowing for two hours on topics ranging from procedures and projects at HPN to severe weather avoidance plans and alternative routings.  Leading the meeting wer WAA Board Member Scott Dyer, Mike Wold (HPN Air Traffic Manger), Devon Browne (HPN Front Line Supervisor), Jon Norris (NY Tracon), Brian Seavey (NY Tracon) and Ben Struck (FAA Safety Program Manger, FRG FSDO). 

    Although not scheduled yet, please watch the website for quarterly meeting dates. 

    Below are highlights taken from the meeting to recap some significant information:

    • HPN tower has had two of its controllers in training become certified recently, with more in process.   
    • Controller staff shortages continue to limits the availability of "line up and wait" as a procedure to expedite the flow of departing traffic (extra staffing is required when line up and wait is used).
    • The next major airport project will be a resurfacing of 16/34, which will occur in the fall of 2018 and require that the runway be closed for an expected 3 days. 
    • A directive from the FAA has now removed the terminology of "Climb Via" from clearances for IFR departure procedures that do not include altitude crossing restrictions on the procedure but have only a Top Altitude.  Thus, "Climb Via" terminology will no longer be used in clearances for the Westchester Five SID. 
    • Runway 29 is now available for landings between sunset and sunrise, but aircraft of more than 12, 500 pounds are restricted from landing on Runway 29 at any time. Another NOTAM indicates that the approach ratio for Runway 29 has been raised, due to the trees on the ridge on short final. 
    • The recent presidential TFRs were discussed.  The TFR centered on Bedminster, NJ, when active, removes the availability of BIGGY, LANNA and PARKE for departures from the HPN, with alternative routings to be given.  Arrival routings from the south and southwest can expect IFR alternative routings over Allentown (FJC) when the TFR over Bedminster is active, and note the V249 routing between SBJ and SAX will not be available in that event (affecting southwest-bound piston arrivals and departures from HPN).  The Hudson River Special Flight Rules Area ("SFRA") was expressly excluded from the Bedminster TFR, although the language was not clear if the Skyline Route (between 1300' and 2000' in the Class B airspace over the Hudson) was excluded as well as it does not lie within the SFRA.  Ben Struck said he would check to clarify the status of the Skyline Route during such TFRs.  Note that the NJ-based TFR changes when the President moves through Morristown Airport (MMU), so be sure to check current TFR status immediately before departures. There is no available information about the possibility of any upcoming presidential trips to homes and businesses in Westchester County. 
    • Severe Weather Avoidance Plans ("SWAP") have been put into effect several times already this season.  ATC is aware that non-airline operators may be willing and able to take departure clearances that involve many more flying miles than the airlines accept, in order to expedite their departures.  Such operators should make that willingness known to Clearance Delivery on initial contact as CD needs to check each routing with Tracon counterparts during SWAP operations and the acceptability of non-standard routings can be conveyed at that time.    SERMN routings (Severe weather Escape Routes Metro New york) can be used as well, either on an elective or mandatory basis, when usual departure fixes are not available.  SERMN routes are useful for departures to DCA, RDU, ORF and as far south as SAV, as well as BOS and New England destinations, BUF, PIT, etc.  SERMN routes require that the aircraft remain at low altitude (8,000' or 10,000' maximums, depending on the destination) for the entirety of the route--don't expect to negotiate higher.  The routings are very similar, if not identical to the low-altitude victor-airway preferred routes usually given to piston singles departing from HPN.

    As always, the Tower at KHPN welcomes visitors.  Visitors must have a passport and be a US Citizen.  Call Mike Wold at 914-948-6520 if you would like to schedule a visit.  Because of the cramped quarters, limit the group to about 5

    Finally, the Tower folks love to be asked to go along on local flights for familiarization

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